Mary Leakey’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

Feb 6, 1913

Death Date

Dec 9, 1996

Age of Death

83 years

Cause of Death


Place of Death

Dec 9, 1996



The paleontologist Mary Leakey died at the age of 83. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

British paleoanthropologist who worked for most of her career in the Olduvai Gorge, in eastern Africa, uncovering the tools and fossils of ancient hominines believed to be more than 3.75 million-years-old. She is also known for discovering the Laetoli footprints as well as ifteen new species of other animals, and one new genus.

She worked with her husband, Louis Leakey, a British archaeologist who she married in 1936 and had three songs with.



“Theories come and go, but fundamental data always remain the same.” (Mary Leakey)


“I’d rather be in a tent than in a house.” (Mary Leakey)


“She stops, pauses, turns to the left to glance at some possible threat or irregularity, and then continues to the north. This motion, so intensely human, transcends time.” (Mary Leakey)


“I had never passed a single school exam, and clearly never would.” (Mary Leakey)


“I dug things up. I was curious. I liked to draw what I found.” (Mary Leakey)